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David Livingstone

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone

Profession: Physician and Explorer

United Kingdom

Biography: Popular national hero of 19th century Victorian Britain, Livingstone had a mythic status - missionary martyr, scientific investigator and explorer, imperial reformer, anti-slavery crusader, and advocate of commercial empire. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 gave rise to the popular quotation

Born: March 19, 1813
Birthplace: Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: May 1, 1873 (aged 60)
Cause of Death: Allegedly malaria and internal bleeding caused by dysentery

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Married Life

  • 1845-01-02 Explorer and medical missionary David Livingstone (31) weds Mary Moffat

Historical Events

  • 1855-11-17 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • 1859-09-16 Lake Nyasa, which forms Malawi's boundary with Tanzania & Mozambique discovered by British explorer David Livingstone
  • 1867-07-09 An unsuccessful expedition led by E.D Young sets out to search for Dr David Livingstone (Scottish missionary and explorer)
  • 1871-11-10 Henry Morton Stanley encounters David Livingstone at Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa, with the immortal words 'Dr Livingstone, I presume?'
  • 1874-04-16 Dr David Livingstone's body arrives in Southampton
  • 1874-04-18 David Livingstone, African explorer, buried in Westminster Abbey